Schild wins women’s opening super G
December 3, 2007
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta ” Martina Schild of Switzerland battled biting cold and a slick track Sunday to win the season-opening women’s super G in 1 minute, 16.21 seconds for her first World Cup victory.
Germany’s Maria Riesch, who won a downhill here last year, was second in 1:16.41. Sweden’s Jessica Lindell-Vikarby was third, collecting her first podium finish with a time of 1:16:43.
The 26-year-old Schild was second in downhill at the Turin Olympics, but her best World Cup finish was a third in super G last year. She came into Sunday’s race confident but surprised herself.
“For the super G I had a good feeling but was I going to win? No,” she said. “It was a run to go and risk. I tried to do it and it was very good.”
American Lindsey Vonn, who won Saturday’s downhill, fell, hit a gate and slid into the fencing. Vonn ” formerly Kildow ” said she was sore and bruised but not seriously injured.
The women’s World Cup circuit next stops in Aspen, Dec. 7-9, for downhill, slalom and super G events on Aspen Mountain.
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